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Jim Thompson

AKA James Myers Thompson

Born: 27-Sep-1906
Birthplace: Anadarko, OK
Died: 7-Apr-1977
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: Stroke
Remains: Buried, Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Hollywood Hills, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Novelist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Heed the Thunder

American pulp author who obtained most of his recognition after his death. He was blacklisted for a time because of earlier Communist sympathies. Thompson is the co-author of two screenplays with Stanley Kubrick -- both largely written by Thompson and credited to Kubrick: The Killing (1956) and Paths of Glory (1957). Other novels including The Grifters (1963) and After Dark, My Sweet (1955) have been turned into major Hollywood films.

Father: (county sheriff)
Wife: Alberta (m. 1931)

    University: University of Nebraska

    Communist Party USA 1935-38
    Nervous Breakdown 1925
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism

    Farewell, My Lovely (8-Aug-1975)

Author of books:
Now and On Earth (1942, novel)
Heed the Thunder (1946, novel)
Nothing More Than Murder (1949, novel)
The Killer Inside Me (1952, novel)
Cropper's Cabin (1952, novel)
Recoil (1953, novel)
The Alcoholics (1953, novel)
Savage Night (1953, novel)
Bad Boy (1953, novel)
The Criminal (1953, novel)
The Golden Gizmo (1954, novel)
Roughneck (1954, novel)
Swell-Looking Babe (1954, novel)
A Hell of a Woman (1954, novel)
The Nothing Man (1954, novel)
After Dark, My Sweet (1955, novel)
The Kill-Off (1957, novel)
Wild Town (1957, novel)
The Getaway (1958, novel)
The Transgressors (1961, novel)
The Grifters (1963, novel)
Pop. 1280 (1964, novel)
Texas By the Tail (1965, novel)
South of Heaven (1967, novel)
Child of Rage (1972, novel)
King Blood (1973, novel)
The Rip-Off (1985, novel)
Fireworks: The Lost Writings of Jim Thompson (1989)

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